Every Single Australian WARNED About Turning Their Computer
Computers in more than 150 countries have been hit by a mass cyber attack that uses ransomware.
Experts are scrambling to determine what was behind the attack, which has exploited a security flaw in older versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating the software.
Computer around the world were hacked on Friday using something called WannaCry ransomware, which has locked user access to files and demanded money, in the form of virtual currency BitCoin, to decrypt them.
So far, there has been 200000 victims in more than 150 countries and Australia has been hit too, with one business already affected.
Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan said on Sunday the government received reports of the private sector being impacted, but not commonwealth organisations.
"There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred, although we are trying to confirm that," Mr Tehan told Sky.
"We're not talking about a government organisation or a hospital or anything like that.
"We're obviously working with that business, the Australian Cyber Security Centre is engaging with them."
The ransomware attack struck British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries.
A number of hospitals in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after dozens of NHS systems were brought down in Friday's attack.
Spanish telco giant Telefonica and US delivery service FedEx were among the businesses affected.